Fish habitat symposium set for April 20-21 in Soldotna

The 2023 Kenai Fish Habitat Science Symposium is scheduled for Thursday and Friday at Kenai Peninsula College in Soldotna to offer scientists, researchers, government agencies, and others to share information, research, and restoration efforts for fish habitat in the area.

The free, in-person only event, sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Partnership, is being held in person for the first time since 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic began. No registration is required.

This year it is co-hosted by the Kenai Peninsula Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (KPCISMA). The goal is to promote networking and information sharing among all organizations on the Kenai Peninsula doing work related to fish habitat. 

The scheduled keynote speaker is Peter Westley, an associate professor at the University of Alaska College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, speaking on lessons learned from salmon conservation science. Westley is the Lowell A. Wakefield Chair in Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at University of Alaska Fairbanks. Westley holds bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and a doctorate in biology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He has also completed postdoctoral work at the University of Washington on the ecology of homing and straying salmon in the Columbia River, work that inspired research in Alaska.

For those unable to attend, organizers will be uploading presentations to the website after the symposium ends.